College basketball odds, picks, and predictions for Kansas State vs Kansas State (Tuesday, Feb. 22)

Kansas State vs. Kansas Odds

The second fight for bragging is set to begin in Kansas, where the Wildcats will take a trip to Allen Fieldhouse to face the Jayhawks.

It was a hotly contested match earlier this season when those shows met in Manhattan, where the Jayhawks netted a three-point win. However, prospect makers see this as going very differently, with Wildcats and Jayhawks going in separate directions ever since.

It looks like Kansas State has moved past the corner lately, going 3-2 in its last five games. But there was a stark difference to his logging over that extended period, and it’s a welcome sight for Wildcat faithful.

Now, the Wildcats will be put to the test, as it has been difficult for any team to keep up with the Jayhawks in an offensive manner.

Speaking of the Jayhawks, Bill Self has his team playing some of the best basketball in recent times. Kansas has won three straight games since its fall on the road to Texas, and it may have peaked in time with Sunday set to be just a few weeks away.

However, the Jayhawks couldn’t be caught looking forward, as we’ve seen the ability of their in-state rivals to carry out disruptions.

Wild cats need to turn defense into attack

While the scoring bump has been the highlight of a bunch of recent games, the Wildcats’ calling card is still their defense. They are 28 in adjusted defensive efficiency and 45 in allowed effective field goal ratio.

The key to Kansas to hang out in this ball game and keep up with the attack of the Juggernaut Jayhawks is to create additional possessions for itself. Ball security was the primary factor in the Kansas offense, as it is No. 267 in theft allowed.

Fortunately for Kansas, this is an area in which it excels, ranking 90th in theft percentage.

Most likely, those extra possessions will turn into points if the ball is in the hands of the Wildcats backcourt trio. Nigel Buck, Mark Smith, and Marquis Noel all average double digits in scoring.

If the Jayhawks aren’t interested in the ball, they may once again find themselves on a quick hole.

Find KS to lean on McCormack and Agbagi

It looked as though Kansas had been defeated at its own game in the first meeting, as the Wildcats hit a barrage of early shots and put 50 on the Jayhawks in the first half.

However, the fight ended again in Kansas in the second half after dropping by 16 in half.

The Jayhawks would eventually wipe out what would become a 17-point deficit by allowing their all-American goalkeeper Ochai Agbaji to take over the match.

The Big 12 top scorer went on to finish the game with 29 points, with 10 of 18 going from the field. Also, his last shot put the Jayhawks in front forever in the final seconds.

However, Agbaji’s efforts weren’t the only reason KS returned at that first meeting. The Jayhawks had 45 to 23 rebound advantage.

The main man behind it was David McCormack. He was a force on the glass, scoring 15 rebounds, eight of whom were on the attack end. McCormack may be able to replicate that performance, as the wildcats can’t change that they are one of the smaller teams in the country.

Its size advantage will slow wild cats on both ends of the earth.

Kansas State vs. Pick Betting Kansas

The first match between these two teams exceeded the total of 138 points, as 153 points were scored. But that was really weird, as you had a career high performance from the Nigel Pack and a high-tempo comeback from the Jayhawks in the second half.

Kansas State tends to play much slower and forces its opponents to hold much slower possessions through its excellent defense. As a result, I see this match fall back to both teams’ standards and culminate in a contest with the fewest goals.

picking under 142.5

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